Premiere: Monstergetdown – Blakmajik

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LA remains a hotbed of fresh, forward-thinking American talent, and mau5trap has tapped keenly into this vein. One of their newest recruits from this region, Monstergetdown, has just released a fresh new EP that embraces elements spanning from tribal, to dark and heavy.

Its eponymous opener, “Blakmajik,” brings to mind imagery of voodoo and mysticism as it traverses through interweaving rhythms made with tribal percussion, and a simple that hits the ears in satisfying places. Soon, however, he subtly layers in even more exotic elements, making for quite the intriguing listen. “Blakmajik” was certainly made for the outdoor, off-grid setting, and we’re looking forward to hearing it rinsed through festival sets throughout the season.


“Blakmajik” is available for download beginning May 4. Order a copy here

Exclusive: Freddy Be & Savi Leon – The Sands Of Time

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Freddy Be

Freddy Be and Savi Leon have set forth to take the mind on a sonic journey into the depths of mysticism by way of house music.

“The Sands Of Time” is an ear-catching record, built on sturdy bass grooves and tribal-esque drum patterns. Slowly, but surely, the LA-based collaborators heighten the intrigue with even more Eastern-inspired elements — from touches of far-out strings, to psychedelic vocals — leading into quite the climax. Eight minutes seem to fly by thanks to the record’s subtle progression. leaving the listener feeling fulfilled at the mental adventure that just unfolded.


Order “The Sands Of Time” here


Be Svendsen – Getula [EP Review]

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Be Svendsen ended his year on a sensual note via “Getula.” Through jazzy keyboard riffs, Eastern-inspired instrumentation, and carnal rhythms embedded in a mid-tempo foundation, the Danish producer proves once more that electronica doesn’t need to be pounding and high-charged to create an irresistibly move-able atmosphere. Its hypnotizing layers serve as tentacles that keep the listener hooked until the very last beat.

“Getula” also received remixing treatment from rising Italian/Canadian duo KMLN, who created a more atmosopheric feel with their added synth work and balaeric guitar samples. Yet, their version is also heavier than the original, as KMLN chose to anchor the finished product with pronounced bass-lines and slightly tougher kicks.

Given “Getula’s” mystical nature, it was only natural that the piece be signed onto Sabo’s Sol Selectas label. Both Be Svendsen and KMLN are known collaborators with the Sol Selectas brand, and their work certainly embodies the imprint’s ethos.


Purchase here


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DJ Three & Öona Dahl prepare for Minimal Effort NYE with curated Orbit playlists

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For underground fans in Los Angeles this weekend, Minimal Effort is the party to ring in the New Year. Stacked to the brim with the scene’s top talent, the holiday event will host names like Maya Jane Coles, Ardalan, Jimmy Edgar, Justin Martin, DJ Three, Öona Dahl, and more.

To get ready for the NYE affair, DJ Three and Öona Dahl have stepped up to the plate to curate their own Orbit playlists to help attendees prepare to dance the night away. While DJ Three takes listeners on an ethereal techno and underground journey, Dahl offers up an eclectic batch of her favorite tunes from all over the electronic music spectrum.

Listen to both playlists below, and for LA residents, last minute tickets for Minimal Effort are still available here.


DJ Three about his playlist:
“I drew up a cross-section of all things psychedelic from dub disco to cosmic techno. Expect twists and turns that somehow never break flow.”


Öona Dahl about her playlist:
“Here is a selection of music that I love. I wanted to incorporate sounds that currently inspire me, from dj tracks to artists I listen to on the plane. Anything from techno to dream pop.”


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December 30 marks LA’s turn to daydream, as Lee Burridge and his beloved cohorts touch down in Gin Ling way to provide fans with a blissful kickoff to the new year. Joining Burridge in this edition of All Day I Dream are Hoj and YokoO, for what’s sure to be a pleasant affair.

The event itself might be sold out, but that doesn’t mean followers have to miss out on the joy that will be taking place. Hoj has prepared an ethereal selection of pre-New Year’s cuts that will ease listeners’ transitions into 2018 in the breeziest of fashions. It represents his sonic identity from 2017, and also that of both All Day I Dream and his new label Tale + Tone.


1. Cornucopia – Letter for Poly (Tale and Tone)

2. Daso & Lutz – De Libbe featuring Arooj Aftab (Tale and Tone)

3. Doctor Dru – Savannah (JEUDI Records)

4. Jose Vizcaino – Sure I Can (Seven Villas)

5. Lex & Wood – DNCE (Great Stuff Recordings)

6. Newman – A Walk In The Plains (Tale and Tone)

7. Quiver – Mumbo Jumbo (Bedrock)

8. Thomas Gandey and Alex Kaspersky – To Find Reason (Einmusika Recordings)

9. Volen Sentir – Vdol Po Rechenke (Shanti Radio)

10. Zone+ – Baia (All Day I Dream)


Photo Credit: Christopher Soltis
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Premiere: Newman – The Sky And The Earth

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“The Sky And The Earth” is gripping from its very first moment. A piercing vocal sample cuts deep into the psyche, catalyzing goosebumps that are accentuated further by mysterious arpeggios. Its distinctive, otherworldly nature has made it an ideal listen during twilight hours, where the record’s hypnotizing elements carry listeners seamlessly into a new phase of the day.

Newman, “The Sky And The Earth’s” composer, is a newcomer in the house circuit — however, his skill in production is already making waves, particularly in the transformational arena. Lee Burridge and other power players have been rinsing unreleased productions as part of their sets for well over a year, helping bring Newman’s name into the spotlight.

“The Sky And The Earth,” which is also the name of his debut EP on Tale + Tone, will be released on December 1.



Download a copy here


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STREAM: Carl Cox’s Burning Man set

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Now in it’s 21st year, the mystique surrounding Burning Man and its ability to draw in the biggest names in electronic music have shown now signs of abating. This year was no exception, with contributions from Diplo, Skrillex, and a Burning Man favorite — Tycho’s sunrise set.

One particular guest to Black Rock City that has until now remained rather elusive has been the legendary Carl Cox. Thanks to the folks at The Radio Department, fans of tech-house can now hear Carl Cox’s first-ever guest mix (beginning at the 58 minute mark) on John Digweed‘s radio show, Transitions.

Recorded live from deep within the playa this past September, expect to hear a carefully curated mix of techno and progressive DJs who are pioneering their respective genres, including Dance Spirit, Satori, Markus Homm, Connan Mockasin, Tiefschwarz & Yawk, and more.

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Reminisce on dreamier times with these ADID LA photos (Event Gallery)

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Reminisce on dreamier times with these ADID LA photos (Event Gallery)


Lee Burridge aimed to “make people smile” when he created his All Day I Dream parties, according to a recent interview with Billboard. Over the past six years since he started the organizing events on a summer Brooklyn terrace, All Day I Dream has since grown exponentially to be heralded as both one of the most well-loved events on the underground house circuit and as one of the top labels for melodic, ethereal music.

Summer has officially wound down, but the landing has been made considerably more graceful for All Day I Dream fans. Lee and his motley crew of fellow dreamy house purveyors have been making one last round of stops across the United States and the world, providing fans with blissful tunes that match the surrounding weather.

On September 23, the party touched down in central Los Angeles, where the following images captured just how magical the afternoon and evening were.


All photos courtesy of Wes C




Lost Desert – Hunter [EP Review]

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Lee Burridge has a keen sense for artistry. When he began pushing Belgian talent Lost Desert as a prime new addition to the All Day I Dream family, lovers of his ethereal brand of music automatically knew it came with good reason. They predicted correctly — by 2016, Lee paired up with Lost Desert and vocalist Junior for what became one of the year’s top anthems, “Lingala.” Since then, they’ve paired up multiple other times, with Lost Desert also proving his worth through breathtaking solo work and well-crafted sets at key All Day I Dream events.

His newest body of work lands on Lee’s newest imprint Tale + Tone, which was created alongside Hoj. Hunter opens with a celestial piece titled “Innercity Playground,” which catalyzes feelings of peace and contentment as wistful nature samples grace sweeping vocal notes, a grooving bass-line, and lush melodies. Written with Mike Tohr, the piece brings a sense of bliss to any set of speakers it’s played on.

The EP’s title track and closer sees Lost Desert making magic around a vocal base, much like he did with Lee Burridge for “Lingala.” This time, however, he summons heartbreak with dissonant piano melodies and brooding kicks that surround Adomas’ bittersweet lyrics with the help of Amari. “Hunter” serves as yet another anthemic addition to Lost Desert’s repertoire, as it’s been heavily rinsed on the festival circuit throughout the summer and early fall season.


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The 2017 Oregon Eclipse Gathering: An event in totality [Event Review]

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As thick dust clouds covered the secluded desert terrain of Big Summit Prairie, Oregon, flocks of eclipse chasers converged onto Ochoco National Forest with its 360 degree views of mountainous pines for the Oregon Eclipse festival that would soon unfold. Their ultimate mission was to view the magic of totality, which occurred between 9-10am on Aug. 21, 2017, among thirty thousand like-minded people.

In an off-year of their globally renowned festival, the producers of Symbiosis Gathering teamed up with 13 of the world’s premier independent festivals — Lightning in a Bottle’s Do LaB (California), Rainbow Serpent (Australia), Sonic Bloom (Colorado), Origin (South Africa), Envision (Costa Rica), Beloved (Oregon), and many more—for a seven day global synaesthesia of art, ideas, music, dancing, community, and profound transformation.

Jacob Avanzato - Oregon Solar Eclipse

Photo courtesy of Jacob Avanzato

An international melting pot of people were represented at the festival, including infants perched atop their mothers’ chest, families of four or more enjoying “Kids-biosis,” and retired burner folks with their decked-out light-up walkers. In addition, strangers speaking every language from French to Japanese at the Sky Stage as it pumped deep desert house, and Native American tribes and spiritual leaders from the countries of Ecuador, Columbia, and Peru were in attendance.

Tribes from Standing Rock also traveled to Ochoco to give political demonstrations at the organically constructed arena, 1Nation Earth, as well as to ignite the three sacred fires placed throughout the festival grounds. One female shaman even journeyed from Okinawa to conduct ceremonial water blessings, in which she anointed willing participants.

Every installation paid such keen attention to detail that it was hard to believe most of Oregon Eclipse’s structures were constructed from raw materials used from the very land that housed each structure. Old moss covered branches and rocks formed the pathways and walls of the festival’s many temple-esque domains, with curtains draped from the ceilings, and walls of stained glass windows suspended into thin air. Sacred geometry artwork was the centerpiece of most installations. Live painters abounded, while Burning Man installations made guest appearances.

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Photo courtesy of Juliana Bernstein

Symbiosis’ bold endeavor far exceeded any expectations, despite having never received money from a sponsor — ever. The production was massive and breathtaking, because this independently-assembled team of unique global collaborators constantly pushed out maximum effort to create a once-in-a-lifetime experience during the entire process. It’s safe to say they achieved their goal. Installations and exhibits were being completed all throughout the week, even as attendees arrived day-by-day. Construction never really ceased, nor did the grounds ever stop growing. Ochoco remained a constant collaborative community at all times, whose psychedelic installations came alive at night.

As for the festival’s music lineup was held across seven stages: one main, four slightly more specialized stages, and two stage dedicated solely to live performance.Its main musical attraction, dubbed The Eclipse Stage, was utilized as a gigantic harp suspended from the tips of the stage onto its side structures that also would become integrated into live performances throughout the week. This stage hosted Bassnectar, Beats Antique, Emancipator, Random Rab, TroyBoi, The Glitch Mob, and many more.

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The Eclipse Stage, photo courtesy of Jacob Avanzato

The infamous Desert Hearts clan participated in a 5-hour takeover on The Sky Stage, pumping deep, dark tech house into the forest and hypnotizing house heads there with pulsating shamanic drum rhythms. Meanwhile, Dirtybird player Justin Martin delivered a 4-hour extended set of soul-penetrating house and techno that lasted into the wee hours of the morning.

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Photo courtesy of Juliana Bernstein

But, make no mistake, the house stage DJs were guests in this global arena of trance and downtempo. International eclipse festivals are generally based around trance and downtempo insofar that the bass, jam, and eclectic circus acts were actually guests in this experience. In fact, The Sun Stage, which housed the beautiful blue spaceship-like structure used at the LIB gathering, pushed psy trance until 6am everyday. Even if you didn’t come for the trance, as one attendee put it, you were getting dosed with it daily anyway — courtesy of the full FUNKTION ONE system populating the stage.

Photo courtesy of Jacob Avanzato

Photo courtesy of Jacob Avanzato

While the sun baked the Prairie well into the high 80s each day, The Earth Stage pumped world-influenced glitch into the freezing desert nights, which reached into the low 40s. The Moon Stage served as the festival’s bass head haven, housing Bleep Bloop, French glitch supreme Clozee, EPROM, Minnesota, and, of course, Lorin Ashton’s coveted secret ‘West Coast Lo Fi‘ set.

Photo courtesy of Jacob Avanzato

Photo courtesy of Jacob Avanzato

As far as transformational festivals go, the Eclipse Gathering raised the bar on all counts. In workshop spaces like The Parlor and The Hub, lectures and dialogues ensued over mind-expanding topics ranging from permaculture, nutrition, and consciousness, to elemental alchemy, psychoactive substance, sexuality, and astrophysics. Entire structures were dedicated to yoga and dance shala, where hourly sessions were held of everything from bass yoga and vinyasa flow to belly dancing.

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Each interactive installation offered diverse round-the-clock activity at every turn. The Mud Dance Experience, for example, invited attendees to strip down to their skivvies and bathed each other in wet clay. The Sound Immersion Experience, housed hammocking meditators in a 360-degree healing cocoon of sound emanating from surrounding gongs and dijiridoos.

Perhaps the most inspired interactive digital attraction was Android Jones’ MICRODOSE VR dome installation, which opened up each night after dark. Participants would enter the large, white structure for a 30-minute sensory-engulfing cinematic experience featuring Android Jones’ psychedelic artwork coming to life before their very eyes. The kicker: the ‘film,’ of sorts, was being controlled by four audience members in virtual reality.

Photo courtesy of Jonkillz Photography

Photo courtesy of Jonkillz Photography

Then, of course, there was the main event. Most attendees stayed up through the night to experience the event in totality. An early Random Rab sunrise set was going off just before, as ecstatic hippies performed yoga in the morning sun. Hot air balloon rides peaked over the trees as they tethered over the grounds’ massive lake. Picture-ready burner clans turned up decked out in their flashy garb, as giddy festival goers filed the space between the sacred Sun and Moon Temple grounds wherein the native tribes lit their final sacred fire.

As morning turned into night, birds scattered, temperature plummeted, the sky went dark and eyes swelled as a ring of fire filled the sky. Attendees stood in awe as if a portal had opened up into another universe. A Woodstock-esque character shook his maracas. A young infant looked bewildered in his stroller. Delirious party-goers clanked their mimosa glasses. Strangers embraced, tears fell, and a deep sense of gratitude filled the air — Oregon Eclipse attendees had finally manfested what they intended to do, learning that the power of intention was the most important takeaway on these sacred grounds.

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Photo courtesy of Juliana Bernstein


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